Court documents: Driver’s blood alcohol content 7 times legal limit for underage drinkers

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Two families are forever changed following a deadly collision at the intersection of Highway 53 and Mastin Lake.

Police say 19-year-old Christopher Wayne Ross ran a red light last month and crashed into another car, killing 19-year-old, Toniette Piccinich.

According to our news partners The Huntsville Times/, Ross had a blood alcohol content level seven times the legal limit. Court documents indicate that Ross' blood alcohol level that night was .14, nearly twice the legal limit of .08 for a person 21 years old or older. The legal limit for an underage drinker, as Ross was, is .02.

Christopher Ross (Photo: Huntsville Police Department)

Christopher Ross (Photo: Huntsville Police Department)

Ross, of Fayetteville, is charged with manslaughter and felony leaving the scene of an accident. His family offers his sincerest condolences to Piccinich's loved ones and emphasizes that Ross was not a bad kid.

"We can't bring [Piccinich] back but all we can do is say sorry and apologize for his actions," said Ross' aunt Heidi Burgh.

His mother tells WHNT News 19 that Ross called her at one Saturday morning telling her that he had been involved in a fatal collision.

"[He said] he didn't remember driving, he didn't remember hitting the car," she said.

She went on to say that she wants to find out who got liquor into his underaged hands -- then let him drive.

Click here for WHNT News 19's interview with Piccinich's close friend.

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